Abstract

Abstract:

Why does drawing a comparison between Ioannis Metaxas's interwar dictatorship and the military junta of 1967 appear so obvious nowadays? And how does this comparison contribute to the frequent designation of the latter as fascist? In this article, we examine the belief that the two regimes shared a common fascist ideology as a conceptual monument of the antidictatorial struggle with a profound impact on subsequent historical production. We then ask how the junta itself viewed its relation to Metaxas. By examining several statues of the interwar dictator erected during the junta's rule, we identify internal contradictions and continuous power struggles within the regime's leadership that complicate the comparison with Metaxas, as well as contemporary understandings of Greece's dictatorial past.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 451-480
Launched on MUSE
2017-09-27
Open Access
No
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